The Patriarchate of Constantinople should be treated as a CIA subdivision, said Mikhail Tishkov, principal of the Radonezh Orthodox High School, deputy chairman of the Union of Orthodox Schools of Russia, on October 15 in a commentary given to a Rossa Primavera News Agency correspondent.
“I believe that the Patriarchate of Constantinople can hardly be considered as a self-sufficient Orthodox structure. It would be more correct to consider it a subdivision of the CIA. Then the logic behind its actions becomes absolutely clear,” Tishkov said.
The expert reminded that beginning with Patriarch Athenagoras I (1886 – 1972, one of the leaders of Ecumenical movement in the 20th century), the Patriarchate of Constantinople developed close ties with US intelligence services. Moreover, the US security services have supervised the process of confirming new patriarchs.
“Up until now this connection has been concealed, and it was not generally obvious; but now, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has finally disavowed itself. In a way this is good, because the secret is out,” Mikhail Tishkov concluded.
On October 15 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to suspend eucharistic communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople after the latter lifted anathemas to the leaders of schismatic church structures in Ukraine – Filaret and Makary. The Patriarchate of Constantinople also initiated the process of granting of autocephality to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency